Get Fit with Swagger

Get Fit with Swagger

 

This week’s Editorial is focusing on all things fitness. COVID has disrupted everyone’s work out routines, some for the better, some for the worst. We have rounded up the highest quality home workout gear, Fitness studios, supplements, and athleisure wear. At Swagger Magazine, our hopes are this roundup invigorates you to keep going or get started again inspired by the best of the best. 

At Home

OPTP

OPTP is a leading provider of innovative physical therapy, fitness and wellness products developed by renowned experts. 

The Stretch Out Strap® & The Extra-Long Stretch Out Strap®

The Stretch Out Strap® delivers the benefits of assisted stretching without a partner. Multiple loops permit deep, gradual stretching of major muscle groups with greater safety, control and effectiveness than is possible unaided. The 2nd edition stretching exercise booklet includes more than 30 stretches featuring contract-relax techniques, new colour photos and how-to illustrations for quick reference. Perfect for more effective warm-up stretches before sports or the ideal stretching regimen for yoga and fitness to achieve greater flexibility and range of motion in core muscles, the back, leg, arm, shoulder, hamstring and more. The Stretch Out Strap is a durable, woven strap and is approximately 6’4″ long and is available online in green. The Extra-Long Stretch Our Strap is a durable, woven strap and is approximately 7’5″ long and is available online in black. The Extra-Long Stretch Out Strap offers the benefits of deeper, more gradual stretching for anyone 6′ or taller.  

Exercise poster

Each strap can be purchased with a handy exercise poster. For the Stretch Out Strap, the 16″ wide x 21″ long poster displays 20 stretches featuring contract-relax techniques for promoting flexibility to various areas of the body. The poster is conveniently rolled into a tube and is packaged with a Stretch Out Strap inside. The Extra Long Stretch Out Strap comes with a colourful 17″ wide x 26″ long Training and Conditioning Poster describing how to perform 22 fitness and sports-related stretching exercises, organized for before and after a workout. Available to purchase –

Stretch Out Strap with Stretching Exercise Poster

Stretch Out Strap XL with Training Conditioning Poster

Hip Circle®

The Hip Circle® Product Line was established to provide a superior exercise band for weight lifters, workout enthusiasts and athletes of all abilities. The name Hip Circle® name was derived very simply and directly from the function and use of the product. It is a circular band which has been designed to activate the hips and glutes. Specifically, the Hip Circle® Sport Pack provides three easy-to-use bands that will hold up to any workout both in the gym and at home. Designed to work separately or in unison, the Hip Circle® Sport Pack increases lower-body muscle activation, which maximizes muscle output during a workout. In this special pack, we provide 3 bands, each at a different resistance level: 1 (purple), 1.5 (blue), and 2 (red). The narrow width band options allow for more room ideal for dynamic movements. The change in size adds variability in your training. This enables you to utilize one or more bands at a time, making the options endless to exceed your fitness goals. Plus, with added resistance, you can give your lower body exercises an extra boost to improve your form for any level athlete. The Hip Circle® series has been the go-to exercise band for actors, world-renowned fitness centers, and many professional athletes. Most notoriously, this product line is used in strength and conditioning exercises by the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL. It’s engineered design has addressed and eliminated many of the complaints by other models. The Hip Circle® was explicitly engineered for comfortability and practical use. It was designed to eliminate the digging, snapping and smelling factors from traditional bands. The Hip Circle® provides reliable, long-lasting tension that you would expect from a premium piece of workout equipment. Our comfort design allows you to cue knees out during movements like squats and deadlifts, improving form and strength without rolling, snapping, or pulling on your hair, skin, or clothing. The Hip Circle® provides ultimate comfort and durability and is perfect for a wide range of exercises, including the squat and deadlift, and rehabbing through injury. Rely on the easy sizing for your body type, so you can feel confident you’re selecting the Hip Circle® that fits you.

Purchase your Hip Circle® here

Core Trainer

Core is a growing company on a mission to cement mental wellness as a pillar of modern life. Here for the millions of individuals who aspire to perform at their best, Core is reinventing the mental wellness space. Core is introducing the first handheld guided meditation training device that measures your stress levels via electrocardiogram. Rooted in the belief that mental fitness is just as necessary as physical fitness, Core takes an active and intentional approach to meditation and self-care. Included in your $169 purchase, The Core Trainer guides you through synced meditations with vibration patterns & light. You can pair with sessions from our the App, including on-demand & live studio classes, for a fully immersive, centering experience. Sensors measure your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) & stress levels as you meditate. You can track your calm & focus time, and view your biodata in the App to grow your practice. Core’s beautiful wood design serves as a daily reminder to track time to meditate. To lift your mental fitness to match your physical visit hellocore

Exogun

 The Exogun is a powerful, handheld massager shaped like a gun for better grip and targeted performance. The Exogun can enhance your fitness experience by providing benefits such as pain relief, enhanced performance, faster recovery, increased blood circulation, and reduced muscle fatigue. Harnessing the power of percussion therapy, the Exogun is what you need at home and on the go to keep your body in its best shape. Percussion therapy is performed by targeting rapid bursts of pressure deep into the muscle tissue. The pulsing action increases blood flow to the muscles. Increased blood flow means more oxygen is delivered to the muscle tissues, which is crucial for optimal muscle function and recovery. Increased oxygen provided by the Exogun is used in your cells to relieve tension, tightness, and speed restoration after a tough day or workout. As well as increasing oxygen, the Exogun’s pulses provide a gentle stretch that increases flexibility and range of motion. With a stroke length of 16mm, the Exoguns massaging head can be directed to your body’s muscles that require attention. With over 640 muscles in the body to target, you will be thankful for the help the Exogun provides. The Exogun provides 1200-3200 percussions per minute, depending on the chosen vibration and vibrates at the 20-53 Hz speed range. Scientifically formulated percussive therapy is proven to maximize pain relief, enhance performance, and accelerate muscle recovery.   

 The Exogun is different from other percussive products. Using an ultra-powerful high performing massage motor, the Exogun provides an unparalleled massage experience right in the comfort of your own home. The Exogun is quiet and portable, its cordless design makes it a very versatile recovery device. The Exogun performs at 6 different speeds, which is handy for targeting smaller muscle groups that require lower intensity or large groups that respond better to a higher power. The Exogun comes with four different head attachments, so nowhere in your body is unreachable. These options make for a customizable approach to recovery depending on body part and tenderness. Whatever your preferences, the Exogun has your body covered. The Exogun is built with ShockSmart sensitivity to deliver precisely the percussive strength you need. The Exogun weighs only 2.5lbs and has a month’s battery life from one charge. Its matte black design is sleek and attractive, making the Exogun a perfect accessory to your workout routine. Get your own Exogun from the website for $159.00 and bring the benefits of a powerful massage right into your hand.  

Gym Time

Elements Studios

Elements Fitness Studio is a boutique fitness studio focusing on all four elements to unify your mind and body for total wellness. Normally, offering a variety of over 60 classes per week that include Climb, HIIT, Cycle, Yoga, Bootcamps and more. When the COVID-19 crisis closed down their studio, they utilized social media networks to bring workouts to client’s homes. Elements Studio’s dedicated instructors donated their time to find ways to provide for their fitness community, and anyone inspired to stay connected to fitness and each other during this difficult time. With everyone struggling in their own ways, and anxiety levels at an all-time high, the Elements Studio team rallied together to provide a variety of mind, body and soul workouts to help get everyone through this pandemic. Dedicated instructors used imagination for classes like Barreless-Barre and creativity for COVID guided meditations and full moon yoga classes. Two of the most well-received offerings during COVID have been Elements “Yoga for Anxiety” and “Yoga Recovery for a Bad Day.” Elements has an exceptional group of instructors. It was more apparent than ever during this crisis that they indeed do shine. Even in the face of fear of the unknown, a worldwide pandemic, this group stepped up to provide what they could offer, a part of themselves to others. That is what sets them aside from the masses. Elements hopes that why we are all trying to find our new normal that you might join us for some classes on Youtube, Instagram, and now Zoom. The Zoom classes are live classes and will allow you to interact with the instructor or the class if so desired. These classes bring the studio into your home. Until we can safely reopen our doors, Elements will continue to find ways to adapt and provide programs, events and virtual classes that keep you safe until we get to the other side of this crisis. Visit the Elements website at www.elementsfitnessstudios.com for their virtual schedule, events schedule, and continued updates on the studio’s reopening. If you ever get the chance, stop by the studio located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and take a Free class on us! See for yourself what makes our studio unique and our instructors so very special. 

 

Supplements 

Infinitum Health ReLeaf Pain Reliever

“Supporting ReLeaf for chronic pain, muscle aches, and headaches.”

 ReLeaf (sm) provides natural pain relief from three major types of pain. The patent-pending combination of ingredients is specifically designed to inhibit short term (acute), long term (chronic), and headache types of pain. With rare ingredients, this combination will prove to be the only pain reliever anyone needs for any kind of pain. Special ingredients include:

  •  Incarvillea Sinensis (incarvillateine) – Incarvillateine isolated from Incarvillea Sinensis has demonstrated significant analgesic (pain relief) activity compared to the opiate alkaloid morphine, one of the most potent on earth. Historically used in China and Japan in teas for rheumatism for over 5000 years, and recently approved for U.S. Incarvillateine, recently was (re)discovered by a Stanford opioid researcher after reviewing 1,000,000 compounds that were similar to morphine but didn’t have addictive properties. Amazingly, incarvillateine came up as the most potent with no addictive properties. (https://www.infinitumhealth.com/blog/a-better-pain-reliever-natural-more-effective-non-addicting)
  •  Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) – is a flowering plant in the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is a traditional medicinal herb that is commonly used to prevent migraine headaches.
  •  Magnesium & Vitamin B12 – both aid Feverfew (above) to be better absorbed in the bloodstream and aid in headache relief.
  •  White Willow Bark (salix alba) – is the base form of aspirin, and primarily how it was created. We want to go back to the origin of the most well known and used pain reliever in history, the way nature intended.

ReLeaf (sm) will help you recover from those tough workouts or cure activity minimizing headaches so you can perform at your best every workout. You can find this natural product and more on the` Infinitum website 

Seed 

Seed Daily Synbiotic is the first in a pipeline of scientifically-validated products that address the specific body sites and life stages in which the microbiome impacts human health. Seed Daily Synbiotic combines 24 clinically-verified, naturally-occurring, probiotic strains with plant-based prebiotics sourced from Indian pomegranate, Scandinavian Chaga mushroom, and pine bark. These ingredients confer systemic benefits which include:

• Digestive health

• Skin health

• Heart health

• Gut immune function

• Gut barrier integrity

• Micronutrient synthesis

For more information on Seed and Seed Daily Symbiotic, visit their website and gain highly coveted benefits from the monthly Symbiotic subscription for $49.99.

 

Fashion

Eysom

Eysom started with this straightforward idea: build something different and better. As with anything, it sounds simple, but the execution is what makes it complex. As a result, Eysom’s not your traditional, mass-produced, machine-made activewear. They are an L.A. based, handcrafted activewear line supremely focused on fit, quality, and performance. 

    The road started in 2015 when founder Stan Cheung saw a glaring problem in the men’s space. But in many ways, it started earlier. Stan’s lifelong fitness focus and deep experience in product development made it possible for him to see what others were missing. In fact, he was looking for it himself. Many brands claim a focus on performance and comfort. Where they were falling short was a distinct issue with fit and design. It’s common in the high-end luxury segments, but not in workout apparel. Why do we expect tailoring for the upper body with a blazer and not the lower body with workout shorts? Stan created Eysom to merge the quality and design expected by both active enthusiasts and design aficionados. Heavily influenced by car culture, he drew in the design language elements from Porsche and custom-built qualities of Rolls Royce and applied it to athleisure. Ever heard of that: the result is refined and elegant with a distinctly special feel. Eysom was built to be the best athleisure for men regardless of cost. If this sounds like a hefty ambition, it’s clear how craftsmanship is the brand’s foundational core value.     

    Eysom’s driven to achieving the highest satisfaction from its loyal customer base. The brand developed a cult-following after men discovered the products online and at luxury retail partners like Equinox and Houston’s Post Oak Hotel. Our product releases sell-out quickly. We have a regular waitlist due to our limited, small-batch production runs in Los Angeles. That’s what happens when made with care. Every product’s defining element is that the quality and craftsmanship come first. This means taking time to ensure integrity is never compromised. For example, the Eysom 8″ Training Short takes over three hours to hand-assemble. It’s comprised of 26 separate panel pieces. It’s a perfectly tailored short that’s truly unique in a category where you can hardly differentiate one brand from another due to the similarity in styling and fit. This was a scary unknown factor which we couldn’t have predicted. When Eysom launched its first collection at a price twice that of the then-category leader Lululemon, success isn’t guaranteed. But Stan didn’t want to sacrifice product merely for the lowest price possible. Eysom continues this level of integrity today. Using only the best factories in Los Angeles, active men immediately feel how the handcrafted approach emanates more soul than any machine can. 

    As much love and praise received for the product, there were underlying values that set the brand’s success apart. Some of these didn’t necessarily make sense at the time. The first was using only sustainable fabrics in the entire collection before sustainability was a buzzword. Though it’s not something that the brand speaks out on, their definition of quality addresses durability, supreme touch quality, and the least impact on the environment possible. Buy better, buy less, because quality counts, and continuously delivers. The current COVID-related pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement has forced a reckoning for many brands and businesses. These parallel events have highlighted the importance of being Los Angeles-made. This has a significant impact on both supply chains and the local community. As a minority-founder, Stan believes that while designing exceptional products is important, developing a business that supports the wholistic idea of community and the planet at large is at the forefront of Eysom’s goals for the new decade. Visit Eysom Online.

At Swagger Magazine, Fitness is King. Sound mind and body have infinite positive effects on every aspect of your life. Quality products are necessary for elite performance. Invest in top Swag and in yourself to continue living your best life. Look forward to seeing you at the gym once again.  

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